A Clan Called Wu – Enter The Marauders

Mixes, Music

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Celebrate the 25th anniversaries of Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders with this incredible blend tape by DJ Filthy Rich. The tape features Rich masterfully blending 36 Chambers lyrics with Midnight Marauders beats (“C.R.E.A.M.” over “Award Tour” is one of my favorites)—well done sir!

Also, peep the original ads for both albums below, courtesy of UpNorthTrips

 

 

The Abstract

Interviews, Mixes, Music, The Good Old Days, Videos

This Red Bull Music Academy session with Q-Tip is over two hours long and about five years old, but it’s fucking incredible. Watch the interview above (or peep the abridged podcast version HERE), then listen to the playlist I made below that was inspired by it, featuring my favorite Q-Tip ATCQ songs, solo joints, features, collabos and outside productions.

*Update*

Not exactly related, but here’s a dope RBMA article by the great Philip Mlynar on the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a place where I did one of my first open mic performances ever. Read HERE.

Three The God Way

Events, Mixes, Music

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This is one of the illest lineups I’ve ever seen assembled for a live hip-hop show. To get prepared for Tuesday night at Sony Hall in NYC, check out this Three The God Way playlist below, featuring choice cuts by the Rap Gods themselves. All praises due to Slick Rick, Jay Electronica and Roc Marciano.

Roc Marciano Built To Last Mix Vol. 1

Mixes, Music

Track list below. More Built To Last mixes HERE.

ROC MARCIANO – Built To Last Mix – Vol. 1

01 – Helpless Dreamer
02 – Cut Throat Rap
03 – War games
04 – White Russian
05 – Boss Material 1
06 – Lyrical Assassins
07 – Ball of Yarn
08 – Three Sixty Five
09 – My Persona
10 – Fame
11 – Nine Spray
12 – Sweet Nothings
13 – Take Me Over
14 – In Heaven’s Home
15 – Outta control
16 – 1010 Wins
17 – Rocky II
18 – Patina
19 – Shit Hard
20 – Granite
21 – No Filter
22 – Poltergeist
23 – As Long As Its Real
24 – Hey Love
25 – The Prophecy (Oxidation Remix)
26 – Live from Pimpstead
27 – Time for Change
28 – Kein F (Verse)
29 – Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy
30 – Freestyle

Reel to Reel 25th Anniversary Mixtape

Mixes, Music, The Good Old Days

When I got my first CD player, my Grandma Sooky took me to Sam Goody in The Galleria to buy me some CDs. I picked out three—A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory, The Beatles Abbey Road and Grand Puba Reel to Reel. 25 years later, Reel to Reel remains one of my favorite albums. It was a huge influence on me as a young rap artist, and I still listen to it all the time.

Celebrate a true 914 rap classic with this dope Reel to Reel 25th anniversary mix courtesy of Chris Read and Wax Poetics. Big up Grand Puba, one of the illest MCs ever!

Mecca Mix

Mixes, Music

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of my favorite rap albums of all-time—Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s Mecca and the Soul Brother—with this Wax Poetics-sponsored mix by Chris Read. Tracklist below.

1. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Straighten It Out’ (Remix Instrumental)
2. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. Sister Nancy – ‘Bam Bam’ (sampled in ‘The Basement’)
4. Pete Rock & CL Smooth feat Heavy D, Deda, Grap Luva and Rob-O – ‘The Basement’
5. Ohio Players – ‘What’s Going On’ (sampled in ‘Lots of Lovin’)
6. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Lots of Lovin’
7. Les McCann – ‘North Carolina’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Lots of Lovin’)
8. Dave Wintour & Pat Whitmore – ‘Where Do I Go?’ (sampled in ‘Can’t Front on Me’)
9. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Can’t Front On Me’
10. Biz Markie – ‘Just A Friend’ [Extract] (sampled in Can’t Front On Me’)
11. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Return of the Mecca’)
12. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Return of the Mecca’
13. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Ghettos of the Mind’
14. The Coasters – ‘Down Home Girl’ (sampled in ‘Skinz’)
15. Pete Rock & CL Smooth feat Grand Puba – ‘Skinz’
16. 9th Creation – ‘Bubble Gum’ (sampled in ‘Soul Brother #1)
17. The J.B’s – ‘The Grunt’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Soul Brother #1)
18. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Soul Brother #1
19. James Brown – ‘Funky President’ (sampled in ‘Anger in the Nation’)
20. Sly & The Family Stone – ‘Sing A Simple Song’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Anger in the Nation’)
21. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Anger in the Nation’
22. O’Donel Levy – ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
23. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’
24. Heavy D & The Boyz – ‘Gyrlz, They Love Me’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
25. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)’)
26. ESG – ‘UFO’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)’)
27. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)
28. James Brown – ‘Blues & Pants’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘If It Ain’t Rough, It Ain’t Right’)
29. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘If It Ain’t Rough It Ain’t Right’
30. Stetsasonic – ‘Go Stetsa I’ [Loop] (sampled in If It Ain’t Rough, It Ain’t Right’)
31. Freddie McCoy – ‘Gimmie Some’ (sampled in ‘For Pete’s Sake’)
32. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘For Pete’s Sake’
33. Biz Markie – ‘The Do Do’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘For Pete’s Sake’)
34. EPMD – ‘It’s My Thing’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘For Pete’s Sake’)
35. Ernie Hines – ‘Our Generation’ (sampled in ‘Straighten It Out’)
36. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Straighten It Out’
37. Lou Donaldson – ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘On and On’)
38. Jimmy Mc Griff – ‘The Bird’ (sampled in ‘On and On’)
39. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘On and On’
40. Brand Nubian – ‘Step to the Rear’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘On and On’)
41. Eddy Senay – ‘Cameo’ (sampled in ‘Act Like You Know’)
42. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Act Like You Know’
43. Tom Scott and The California Dreamers – ‘Today’ (sampled in ‘T.R.O.Y’)
44. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘T.R.O.Y’
45. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘T.R.O.Y (Remix Instrumental)’
46. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘T.R.O.Y (The Vibes Mix)’
47. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘It’s Like That’
48. Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth – ‘Strictly for the Ladies’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘It’s Like That’)
49. Georgie Fame – ‘Music Talk’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Wig Out’)
50. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Wig Out’
51. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Wig Out’)
52.Eddie Bo – ‘From This Day On’ (Sampled in ‘The Creator’)
53. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator’
54. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Slide to the Side Mix)‘
55. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Surfboard Mix)’